Bible Out-takes

there is so much they haven't told us

Bible out takes:
Hundreds of years after Jesus' death the Catholic hierarchy sifted through the multitude of texts circulating among the diverse churches and chose those that would become the New Testament. It was not an unbiased choice. The unlucky texts were banned and many are lost or unknown.

The Church of St. Helena, Bethlehem.
by David Roberts

For those who believe what they are told the interpretations put forward by the various churches are fine. People have a right to their faith. But for those who look further there are a number of interesting options "beyond the box", books that the Pope did not want us to read.

What we now have is a fascinating mixture of wild speculation and fantasy, coherent possible first hand accounts, and scattered bits of what sure sounds like Jesus. It isn't light reading but it's manageable.

The Catholic position
on the development of the New Testament does not inspire confidence and the historic view is that much of what is presented by the Church as Holy Scripture is unreliable, at best.
The Gospel of Thomas
The disciple Thomas was a lawyer so it is credible that he was literate and would write. (What do the lawyers of today always say? Write it down!) This is the best known of the bible bootlegs - a lot of scholars believe it valid.
The Book of Thomas the Contender.
It seems this was written by the same Thomas as the Gospel of Thomas (contender means lawyer?) and later someone with an extreme paranoia mixed predictions of great woe into the text. This is common - if an unknown writer wanted to make a point it was often expedient to put those words into a respected authority's mouth.
A big Thomas site including the Contender:

Damascus Gate Jerusalem
The northern entrance to Jerusalem, Damascus Gate.
by David Roberts

The beautiful Gospel of Mary Magdalene.
Quote: "(27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root."
Gospel of Mary:
The Gospel of James
James was the brother (some say first cousin) of Jesus, leader of the Jerusalem church and frequent opponent of Paul who had taken control of much of Christ's legacy. It is not surprising the Roman Church would suppress a work by James, particularly one that appears to include a first hand account by Joseph himself. This may be fiction, may be true, or may be part true. Interesting.
The Gnostic Society online Library
(referenced above) has a wide collection of ancient texts, including Old and New Testament apocrypha, Hermetic and Alchemical writings and the Dead Sea Scrolls.

With all the texts floating around, true and false, it is perhaps notable that no document claims to be written by Jesus' own hand. The Bible records that He read from the Scriptures so why didn't He write? (Buddha didn't write anything either)

A re-creation of a possible lost drama of the trial and death of Jesus by the Roman playwright Seneca, written soon after the events and perhaps a source for the Bible accounts. While the existence of such a play is speculation, there is much to think on here.
The Dead Sea Scrolls
A group of hundreds of manuscripts found in Palestine that document the Jewish writings of the time of Christ. Copies of Old Testament works were found, but little indication of Jesus.
Dead Sea Scroll Site:
.....a directory
Megalithic Stoneworks Page
Baalbek Ancient Mystery Page
Gobekli Tepe Page
Bible Out-Takes is partnered with two larger websites covering Ancient Egypt in detail
with nineteenth century stories and amazing engravings, along with modern interpetations, both conventional and alternative.

Ascending Passage Library of Egyptian Secrets - Egyptian Pyramids in detail

Jerusalem, from the Mount of Olives.
by David Roberts